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Colombia is a country steeped in history due to its indigenous heritage, Spanish conquests and various invasions by French and British forces. Colombia’s museums showcase a range of information and artifacts: from historic to cultural, naval to indigenous, all give a fascinating insight into the country’s past and present. Here are our favourites.
The Inquisition Museum is located in Plaza Bolivar, Cartagena within a beautiful Spanish colonial building. Built in 1610, it was used as the city’s place of torture; there is a dungeon and large outdoor patio where the prisoners waited. This building is now open as a museum giving an insight into the building’s dark history. The 2nd floor of the building is the History Museum of Cartagena which opened in 1935 and contains information about life in the city throughout history and the indigenous people who inhabited the city.
Inquisition Museum, Calle 34 #3-11, Cartagena, Colombia +57 (5) 660 6025
Cartagena’s Naval Museum or Museo Naval del Caribe is located in a colonial building within Cartagena’s walled city. The museum contains historic information about Cartagena including its battles and indigenous communities. The museum has a patio with a number of cannons from Cartagena’s battles with the French, Spanish and British. The second floor of the building is home to information about Colombia’s most recent battles and current navy. A memorial to those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War lies in a park across the road from the museum.
Museo Naval del Caribe, Calle 55 #3-62, Cartagena, Colombia +57 (5) 664 2440